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Culture

Leadership & Management

Hiring is a Competitive Sport - Here’s How to Win ...

Andrew Penny, June 7 2022

One of our clients is expanding quite quickly and hiring people. They are in the business of creating complex and highly sensitive sensors to measure everything that’s going on with our ocean waters. Naturally they’re looking to hire people who are interested and hopefully passionate about the same sorts of things. So what do they do if they want t...

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Leadership & Management

I don't have a Toxic Culture – Do I?

Graham Birkenhead, May 31 2022

A recent UK employee study paints a rather troubling picture of company life. It found that: The study went on to identify that roughly half the people would leave a negative on-line review about their company, and that nearly 50% wouldn't even apply to a company that had negative online reviews.   At a time when so many companies are struggling to...

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Leadership & Management

The Secret Ingredient for a World Leading Culture

Graham, May 17 2022

We intuitively know the correlation between company culture and company success (including success in attracting and retaining great people). Research shows that companies who’s staff describe their culture as good or excellent seem to be thriving in all respects. We also know how to build an outstanding culture:

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Leadership & Management

When does a Square Peg fit perfectly into  a Round Hole?

Graham, May 10 2022

We often use the term 'a square peg in a round hole' to describe someone that in some way just doesn't fit either in the role, the office, or just the culture.  That interpretation comes from an early 19th-century philosophical treatise* that considered people and their situations as a wide range of shapes - including triangles and oblongs, and not...

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Leadership & Management

The 5 questions you should ask yourself when recruiting

Graham, April 26 2022

Many people who are involved in recruiting are familiar with the classic 3 areas of discovery: can they do the job, will they do the job and will they fit. In these days of skill shortages and low unemployment, some companies seem to be tempted to gloss over the latter 2 areas just to fill an urgent vacancy. But, there are 2 additional areas that...

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Leadership & Management

Your Employees: “Should I stay or should I go now?”

Graham, April 19 2022

There is undoubtedly a bit of a major transformation of the working world going on. Some say it's a "clash” between old school and new school management.  Unemployment has never been lower, the number of job vacancies has never been higher, and yet there are more and more people choosing not to work – or not do paid work.  And this leads to greate...

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Leadership & Management

How should your culture grow with your company?

Graham, February 22 2022

Last week, Andrew wrote about the 3 stages of growth that a company experiences.  While a company needs to adjust what it does as it grows, it also needs to change what it is, and this parallel change in being is a cultural journey. Your culture is created by the people within your company. Cultures often naturally drift and evolve over time, but...

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Leadership & Management

How to Evaluate your Values

Graham, February 8 2022

I am a great believer in the value of a company being in touch with its values.  And I am greatly saddened when I see those values distilled into a mere list of words that are written on walls and published in websites.  And you know some of the words I'm talking about:  Communication, Respect, Integrity and Excellence are a few of the common ones...

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Leadership & Management

How to deal with procrastination - one frog at a time

Graham, February 1 2022

My name is Graham Birkenhead and I am a procrastinator. I'm not alone, I'm not even in the minority.  It is estimated that 15 to 25% of adults are chronically affected by procrastination, and up to 75% of adults procrastinate on a regular basis.  Not only does it mean that you put off doing tasks and activities that need to be done, but the knowled...

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Leadership & Management

Accentuate the Positive

Andrew Penny, November 4 2021

Each year I mentor a student in the Telfer School of Business at the University of Ottawa. This year the woman I am mentoring has been asked to participate in their Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  A truly noble cause. But… I am reminded of the great experiment underway at the moment to encourage the vaccine hesitant to rethink their opp...

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